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Bus routes: 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night buses: 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Directions from Leicester Square :
(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.
Car park: Q-Park: Chinatown (5mins) / Other: St Martin's Lane Hotel (1min)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Please note: The location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.
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Sir Oswald Stoll wanted the London Coliseum to be a venue for a variety of entertainment; not just a theatre, not just a music hall, and certainly for the people – the theatre's slogan was “Pro Bono Publico” – for the public good. It was designed by Frank Matcham to reflect these wishes. In 1960 the building was given English Heritage listed status.
Opened in 1904, the first performance too place on Christmas Eve in 1904. This was a variety bill, again reflecting the wishes of Sir Oswald.
Seating for 2,359 makes the Coliseum the largest of London's theatres. Along the way renovations have taken place and an original staircase that was planned in the original architecture was finally placed. As with most of London's theatres the venue underwent a name change, from London Coliseum to Coliseum Theatre for a period of 37 years between 1931 and 1968. The Second World War saw the venue used as a canteen for Air Raid Patrol workers and a stage for Winston Churchill to make a speech. From 1945 the productions were mostly musicals from American, through to 1961 when it became a cinema until reopening in 1968 as the home of the Sadlers Wells Opera, under the name of The London Coliseum.
Support by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, and a number of other generous trust and individual donations meant that a comprehensive restoration took place from 2000. At this time there were several areas that were returned to their original state, together with new spaces which were created. This restoration was completed in 2004.
Performances at the London Coliseum include Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, the Royal Variety Performance. It is, of course, also the London home for performances by the English National Ballet.